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Dorms, FSILGs Provide Summer Living Options

By Jennifer Lane
Contributing Editor

By May 24, most undergraduate dormitory residents must leave their spring term rooms. At that time, roughly 800 students will receive summer dormitory housing assignments.

Graduating seniors must vacate their rooms by June 7.

Over the summer, roughly one-quarter to one-third of current dormitory residents will choose to live in dormitory housing, said Phillip M. Bernard, staff associate in the Office of Residence and Campus Activities. Students may also elect to stay in the dormitory for half of the summer at roughly half the rent.

This year, every dormitory has space available for students, as well as space reserved for renovations and conference housing, Bernard said.

Fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups will also be renting out extra space in their houses.

Students interested in summer housing on campus should submit an application indicating their housing preferences to the house manager of their preferred residence by May 15.

Fraternities rent out extra rooms

Many FSILGs also offer summer housing options. Their cost is usually lower, but tenants may have to perform maintenance tasks.

Typically, summer residents will have cleaning duties every other week, said Steven C. Belin '99, a resident of Nu Delta.

Since members usually clean the house and common areas during the semester, summer residents will also be assigned these tasks, Belin said.

Additionally, some fraternity houses will only be accepting women this summer. This is largely because the houses have traditionally found women renters easier to deal with, said Marcus J. Ottaviano '97, from Pi Lambda Phi.

The money that the FSILGs take in from rented rooms will help the members "try and offset some of our costs of rush,"Ottaviano said.

Fraternity housing may end early

Fraternities, in general, do not end up housing very many MIT students. Roughly 10 percent of summer guests at PLPare from MIT, Ottaviano said.

This is because fraternity housing is not very desirable for MIT students intending to return to dormitories in the fall, Bernard said.

Because fraternity houses will be concentrating on "sprucing up for rush" at the end of the summer, student housing there may end earlier than in dormitories, Bernard said.

"We want everyone out of here before the brothers move in. Logistically, it gets complicated," Belin said.

Therefore, summer residents of fraternities are typically required to leave between August 10 and 15.

So, students seeking fraternity housing who are planning on living in the dormitories for the fall semester, should ensure that they can receive an early return for Residence and Orientation Week that will cover the last few weeks in August, Bernard said.

Without an early return, students may move in to their fall term dormitory rooms on August 30. With an early return, students could move in as early as August 17, Bernard said.